First Steps – Supporting Leadership and Management Development

First Steps – Supporting Leadership and Management                        Development

Target Audience

The programme has been developed for un-promoted staff with two or more years teaching experience.

First Steps into Leadership has professional recognition, which recognises the enhanced, significant and sustained enquiry a teacher has undertaken.  It recognises the teacher as an accomplished practitioner in a particular area, in this instance the particular area is Leadership. A key characteristic of professional recognition is evidence that the participants practice is underpinned by ongoing reflective enquiry.

The 2021/22  First Steps into Leadership Application Form will be available from 21st April 2021. To request an application form please email

Applications for 2021/22 will be available from April 2021.

First Steps into Leadership – course aims

Please ensure you have the support of your Head Teacher before applying for this programme.


This course involves tutorials and blended learning with participants undertaking a small school based research project.  Participants are also involved in a range of activities including a self-evaluation           exercise, peer observation, e-learning, mentoring meetings and       personal reflection of relevant literature.  Support will be provided by the course facilitator and a senior member of staff acting as      mentor.

There are six taught session one of which is a Saturday covering the following topics:

  •  Understanding & Developing Yourself as a Leader
  • Leadership Skills – Coaching
  • Developing People
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Presentation of leadership journey

Learning Outcomes:

 By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  •  Describe what situational leadership is an when it is appropriate to use each type
  • Use the information gained from the Strength Deployment           Inventory and apply this in managing themselves and the team
  • State the difference between coaching and mentoring and state in what context coaching is appropriate
  • Identify the various stages of team development
  • Describe what is meant by distributive leadership
  • Apply the knowledge learned from a change curve model to       enable them to support their team through change

This programme is run on an annual basis and begins in term 1 and commences before the end of term 3.  The duration of the                  programme is approximately 9 months.

First Steps Sessions

Module Title of Session Date Time
Induction TBC 1330 – 1630
1 Understanding & Developing Yourself as  a Leader TBC 0900 – 1600
2 Leader as a Coach TBC 0900 – 1600
3 Developing People TBC 0900 – 1630
4 Leading & Managing Change TBC 1330 – 1630
Report Writing TBC TBC
Presentation TBC 1330 – 1630



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